Friday, February 5, 1999
Selectmen approve some salary increases
The selectmen voted at their January 26 meeting to increase the salaries of certain department of public works employees to bring them up to par with prevailing wages in surrounding towns. Town administrator David DeManche reported that the personnel board voted to support the wage increases. Even with the increases, the overall DPW FY00 budget was within the guideline recommended by the finance committee which is a three percent increase over FY99.
DeManche also reported that the personnel board will support a Warrant
article to conduct a wage equity study plan at a cost of $15,000. The plan would contain job descriptions of town employees including how the jobs comply with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The plan would also have a wage and salary scale for all town employees and would include a rating manual which would be a mechanism to evaluate a position and slot it into a pay scale.
In a related matter, Susan Stamps of the personnel board recommended to the selectmen that heads of departments should be able to give one percent discretionary merit raises to their employees so long as the overall budget for their department does not exceed the FinCom budget guideline. The selectmen felt that this recommendation warranted further discussion. Selectman John Ballantine wanted to know, for example, how the department heads define who is eligible for merit raises.
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